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Piling for Hong Kong Link Road on schedule for 2014 completion

Bauer Hong Kong has said that its work on the €72M (£58.6M) foundations contract for the new link between Hong Kong and Macao is on target to be completed by the end of this year.

Bauer’s work focuses on installation of piles to support the cable stayed bridge section of the 50km link that also includes a 6.7km long tunnel and the construction of artificial islands to connect the structures.

The main contracting joint venture of Dragages-China Harbour-VSL commissioned Bauer to undertake the offshore piling work for a 10km section of the link between the border of China and the airport in Hong Kong.

Piles with diameters of up to 2.5m and lengths of 115m are being installed from five pontoons, each fitted with a BG40 rotary drilling rig. Four of the drilling rigs have been custom built with longer masts and larger main winches. Bauer is also operating additional pontoons for four bentonite plants and 300t heavy cycle cranes.

Piling work started on site in April last year. Bauer has said the extent of overwater working has been a serious challenge but the work is on target to be completed in December this year as planned.

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